Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Pirate Stream series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. This was an absolutely wonderful middle grade fantasy. It was so creative and full of a lot of adventure and magic. This is the first book in a series.
Master Thief Fin is desperate to find his mother and he thinks The Map the Everywhere might be able to help him. No one ever remembers Fin, it is like a strange magical power he has, that is until he meets Marrill. Marrill is a girl from our world who happens upon a strange ship stranded in a parking lot. When she goes on the ship, she is pulled into the Pirate Stream. The Pirate Stream is a magical waterway that connects all worlds ever created. Now Marrill is lost on the Pirate Stream and finding the Map to Everywhere is the only way to find her way home.
I loved this magical fantasy. It’s very creative, fast-paced, and full of wonderful magic and easy to engage with characters.
Fin, with his problem of never being remembered by anyone, was a crazily intriguing character. Imagine never having anyone remember you? Every time you meet them is the first time. Fin has learned how to use this to his advantage but it is a lonely existence.
Marrill is just looking for her escaped cat and a way to help her sick mother. She ends up in a crazy world with these crazy people. She actually handles it all pretty well. Strangely she can remember Fin just fine and through her Fin is finally able to become part of something.
They travel on a magical ship through a stream of magic. They explore amazing magical lands and have amazing adventures. The whole time they are looking for the parts to the Map to Everywhere. This was a bit abstract but also very creative and intriguing. The different parts to the Map to Everywhere are alive and need to be put together in order to work. It was just so interesting and so fun to read about.
Overall this was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed the magical settings, the adventure, the crazy idea of a living map, and the intriguing characters. I highly recommend this to those who love adventure fantasy it was a creative and highly entertaining read. This book is also great for all ages!